All About Rodents: 10 Points for Rat and Mouse Control

Black Rat (Rattus rattus)
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Rats and mice are year-round pests that can be difficult to control. But once you understand the habits of these rodents, they are much easier to control! Following are 10  articles with information and tips on rats and mice and their prevention and control.

1. Questions and Answers about Rats

How do you know if you have rats? How do you know if it is a rat or a mouse? Why are just one or two rats a problem?

What do rats eat? Find answers to questions about rats and learn about the two most common rats that invade homes and buildings in the U.S.

2. The Problem with Rat

Rats can spread disease through their bite or through human with their droppings. They can cause damage through their gnawing and feeding. Learn how to identify the two most common rats, signs of their presence, and how to prevent them from making your home their home.

3. The Difference Between Rats and Mice

Besides the differences in their physical characteristics, rats and mice are very different in many other ways. Your rodent control efforts will be most successful when the rodent in your home, so it is important to know the differences between mice and rats. For example, rats are very cautious while mice are curious critters. Why does this mean for control? ...

4. Winter Bugs, Rats and Mice

There's no doubt that summer is prime pest season.

Insects are abundant; flies and mosquitoes buzz through open doors and windows; and wildlife, including rats and mice, roam around lawns and fields. But, as too many too often learn, such pests don't go completely inactive in the winter. In fact, when it is cold and wet or snowy outside, rats and mice are even more likely to seek the warmth and shelter of the indoors.

What can you do?

5. How to Know if You Still Have Mice or Rats

You had a problem with mice or rats in your home, but you think that you - or the pest management professional you called in - got rid of all the rodents. But how do you know the rats or mice are gone? Are those droppings you found under the cabinets old or new? Does that gnawing you just found mean that you have more mice or rats? Or is it from the old infestation? Find out how to tell.

6. Questions and Answers about Mice

How do you know if you have mice? How long do they live? Where should you place traps, and what do you do if they are not catching the mice? Find out the answers to questions about mice and mouse control.

7. The House Mouse

The house mouse is the most common of all home-invading mice. A mouse in your house is more than an just an unwanted pest, it can be a health threat to you and your family. But because mice are small, nocturnal, and nest in hidden places, you may not know you have a problem until it is a major problem.

Learn more about mice and how to control them.

8. 10 Tips to keep pests out

The best offense against pests is a strong defense. If you are like almost half the households questioned in a University of Kentucky survey, a single cockroach in your home would cause you to pull out a can of bug spray or call a pest control professional. Instead of waiting to go on the defense against an insect, rodent or bird that has entered your home, take the offense by implementing 10 steps to keeping pests out.

9. Pest Control for the Homeowner

Rodents are just one pest that can invade the home. Pests are defined by the EPA as "living organisms that occur where they are not wanted or that cause damage to crops or humans or other animals." This can be animal - insects, mice, rats, wildlife; plant - weeds; or organisms and microorganisms - bacteria and viruses. Learn the basics of do-it-yourself animal pest control - the why and the how.

10. Top 12 Considerations in Hiring a Pest Control Professional

Sometimes it is better to hire a pest control professional than to try to do it yourself. This is particularly true if the pest problem is ongoing, if the infestation has become large, or if the products needed for control are "professional-use only." When you do need to hire a pest control company, here are 12 top tips to keep in mind.